As part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, under Sec. 1251, all public electric utilities are now required to consider offering net metering to their customers:
Each electric utility shall make available upon request net metering service to any electric consumer that the electric utility serves. For purposes of this paragraph, the term 'net metering service' means service to an electric consumer under which electric energy generated by that electric consumer from an eligible on-site generating facility and delivered to the local distribution facilities may be used to offset electric energy provided by the electric utility to the electric consumer during the applicable billing period.
Net Metering Service
1. Availability: Available on a first-come, first-served basis to any producer that owns and operates a solar, wind, fuel cell, or hydroelectric generating facility with a capacity of not more than 25 kilowatts that is located on the producer’s premises, is interconnected and operates in parallel with OTEC existing transmission and distribution system facilities, and is intended primarily to offset part or all of the producer’s own electrical requirements located on the producer’s premises. This provision shall be available until the time that the total rated generating capacity used by the eligible producer-generators equals 585 kilowatts, .05 percent of OTEC’s single-hour coincident peak system load for the previous calendar year recalculated annually by January 31 of each year. This schedule is offered in compliance with ORS 757.262, as amended by HB 3219, July 1999, and requires that a net energy metering and interconnection agreement be executed with OTEC.
2. Definition: Net energy is the difference between electricity supplied by OTEC and electricity generated by an eligible producer and fed back to OTEC over the applicable billing period.
3. Monthly billing rate:
a. The monthly delivery charge shall be computed in accordance with the applicable standard rate schedule.
b. All net energy generated in excess of consumer’s needs and supplied to OTEC’s electrical supply system shall be valued at OTEC’s avoided cost. The avoided cost will follow BPA's energy only rate. This rate is subject to change and will be supplied upon request.
c. All net energy purchased from OTEC will be valued at OTEC’s retail rate of the applicable standard rate schedule.
4. The connect fee shall be the fee applicable for the rate schedule as defined in the Credit and Collection Policy (III-1) Schedule of Fees.
5. Effective with bills rendered after October 1, 2009.